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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it's regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

-Sydney J. Harris

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

- George Bernard Shaw

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It is better to be hated for what one is, than to be loved for what one is not.

- Andrew Gide

Why did he hire you, your master, then?
So you could work, while he earned.
You're just his tongs. When the fire gets hot,
you'll be the one that gets burned.

-HaNagid (a.k.a. Samuel HaLevi, 11th century Spanish scholar and poet).

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

- Abraham Lincoln

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The important thing is not to stop questioning.

- Albert Einstein

Better one's own duty, though imperfect, than another's duty well perfomed.

- Bhagavad Gita

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

- Admiral Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

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There are two perfect men; one dead, and the other unborn.

- Chinese Proverb

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

- Gautama Buddha

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain

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He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide.

- Salvador de Madariaga

It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent,
but the ones most responsive to change.

- Charles Darwin

The man who can really stand alone in the world, only taking counsel from his conscience- that man is a hero.

-Soren Kierkegaard, in The Journals, 1850

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If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.

-Soren Kierkegaard

To think twice in every matter and follow the lead of others is no way to make money.

- Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693)
in The Japanese Family Storehouse, or, The Millionaires' Gospel

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

- Frederick Douglass

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Four things come not back:
the spoken word,
the spent arrow,
the past,
and the neglected opportunity.

- Omar Idn Al-Halif

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

- Helen Keller

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There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man.
The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

- Hindu proverb

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.
Seek what they sought.

- Basho

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

- Albert Einstein

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Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.  Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble and logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing.

- Daniel Burnham

Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.

- Mohandas K. Gandhi

I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

- Aristotle

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To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

- Confucius (B.C. 551-479)

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.

- Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States

In seeking wisdom thou art wise;
in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.

- The Talmud

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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things:
the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.

A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight-
nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety-
is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free,
unless made and kept so by the exertions and blood of better men than himself.

- John Stuart Mill

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.

- Thucydides, at Pericles' funeral oration

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.

- Albert Einstein

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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

- Confucius

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
- John Stuart Mill

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
- Chinese Proverb

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If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC-65AD), Roman philospher and statesman

How far you go in life depends on your being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because sometime in your life you will have been all of these.

- George Washington Carver

Notice the difference between when a mans says to himself, 'I have failed,' three times,
and what happens when he says, 'I am a failure.'

- S. I. Hayakawa

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke

In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavours; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.

- Pharaoh Akhenaton (ca. 1375 B.C.)

The object of the superior man is truth.


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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

- Confucius